Blythe Danner has been acting since the early ’70s, but it wasn’t until she got the lead role in this past spring’s I’ll See You in My Dreams that she appeared in every single scene of a film.
“When I first saw [the script], I thought, ‘Which of the bridge ladies am I?’ because I’m used to playing supporting parts,” Danner told EW. “And then when they said, ‘Oh, no, it’s Carol,’ and I thought, ‘Carol is in every scene. I’ve never been in every scene of a movie. This is going to be very daunting.'”
Danner eventually nabbed the role, portraying a widow who rediscovers the world with the help of her friends (played by June Squibb, Rhea Perlman, and Mary Kay Place), her pool guy (Martin Starr), a romantic interest (Sam Elliott), and her daughter (Malin Åkerman).
“I loved [director Brett Haley] when I met him. I thought, this is a really talented young man,” Danner said. “The insight into what it is to grow old and to enter that last chapter of your human journey, I thought it was really quite extraordinary that he’d have that kind of perception.”
See Danner discuss I’ll See You in My Dreams above.